this is the year i make it happen

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nearing the end of 2013, i decided 2014 is the year i’m really going to start pushing my creative business. i love making things as much as i do drawing and painting, and selling my own handmade wares has been a long time dream/goal of mine. i kind of started on this last year, but i felt a lack of motivation and let it sizzle out.

so, this year i’m taking a fresh start (whilst taking heed of mistakes and little sucesses in the past). i’m talking about the marketing side of it too, as it seems a waste of all that hard work if no one is going to see it! people really underestimate the effort that goes into getting your name and work out there!

you can do this illustration by laura redburn
do you have any goals or dreams for this year? i’d love to hear what they are and how you hope to achieve them! i thought i’d share a few tips that have helped me in the past, and hopefully will again now.

» make lists! 
 seriously, this helps SO MUCH. you can just scribble your ideas down, or make an awesome colour coded extravaganza. whatever works best and motivates you the most!

»  make smaller more acheivable goals, that lead up to your bigger goal.
this way, you don’t have one big scary goal! for me anyway this really helps. if for some reason you don’t achieve what you want, it’s a bit less disappointing too. silver linings, eh?

» use twitter.
if you have twitter, use it to your advantage. get your friends and followers to help you stick to your goals. join in with chats, and maybe join up with others. that way you’re helping yourself and other people. win/win!

» ask for help.
i think this one is a bit underrated. people sometimes forget that it IS okay to just ask for help! be that a family member, friend, or a fellow internet buddy. if you have no-one, i am here for you! just send me a message or tweet me anytime (@cardboardcities on twitter)

» tell people.
this one doesn’t work for everybody, but if you thrive on a bit of pressure, let people know about your goals. they’ll help you (or constantly go on at you) until you do it. once you’ve done it you’ll feel a sense of relief as well as feeling awesome for reaching your goal!

» don’t be ashamed.
it doesn’t matter if your goal (or goals) for 2014 are big or teeny tiny. try not compare what you do and what you plan to do with others. focus on yourself, it is your goal after all! also, don’t feel too bad if you don’t stick with your goals. just pick yourself up. you can do anything with hard work and time ..and a pinch of patience.

and just a general motto for life..

focus on the positive illustration by laura redburn
i know some little bits about the more business side of creative businesses, but i definitely need a bit of extra advice, and i know others out there do too! if you’re stuck for where to look, and want to make your goals for this year more tangible, lloyds bank have recently released a facebook app where you can make your own pledge, and give you some helpful tips at the end of it!

it’s super simple and only takes a minute! totally worth it for some free and  incredibly useful advice, right? hopefully telling your friends and family about your goals will motivate you to make it happen in 2014!

if you have any tips for helping to reach, and sticking to, goals let me know in the comments!

this is the year i make it happen

this is the year i make it happen was last modified: April 8th, 2017 by laura redburn
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